Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

Crepuscle rose buds

Julia Child rose

Peony buds still growing.

Loads of lemon tree blossoms!

This long path has been weeded.  Only bluebonnets are left.  

Hesperloe bloom stalks

Gala apples


View from my kitchen window.  Love it.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

More Spring

I really need to improve my picture taking skills.  Many of the closeups are fuzzy and the long shots don't seem to capture what I want to share.  Put that on my to-do list.

Here are a few more pics of spring in my garden.

The side front by the driveway.  A lone Blackfoot daisy is peeking out from under the bluebonnets at the lower right.

This plant is a date palm grown by me from a seed from a box of Costco Medjool dates.  About  5 years old.

My favorite knock-out rose, the Rainbow is hard to find.  Sorry for the blurry pic.

David Austin rose, name lost.

More bluebonnets, sharing with the neighbor's yard.

Belinda's Dream

The variegated lemon is loaded with buds and blooms..

This, folks, is a peony!!!  In Central Texas believe it or not.  I have about 4 buds.  Picked up the bare root plant at Home Depot a few years ago.


There are 2 surprises in this field but they are hard to see in this pic.

The first surprise, a lone red poppy.

The second surprise, a lone golden California poppy.

These last few pictures are some samples of the 'work' I need to do.  It is really not work to me.  I love every minute I spend in my garden and look forward to this 'work'.  What in the world would I do if my garden did not need 'work'?

The long granite pathway  on the west side.

The 'needs mowing' area around the bench in back.

The pathways in my kitchen garden.  BUT I just can't pull up the bluebonnets, can I.

Need to clean out, organize, and add new flooring to the greenhouse.  I stole some of the bricks to use in the re-build of my mailbox that got demolished a few months ago.

Monday, March 14, 2016


The Lady Banks rose is beginning to bloom.

Lingering pyracantha fruit looks so pretty with the mountain laurel bloom.

The bluebonnet field.  It should really take off in the next week.


Globe mallow.  A good portion of this plant has crawled under the greenhouse walls and is blooming inside.

The dry creek bed in need of weeding.  Lots of vetch.

Cactus and moutain laurel

This area was packed with weeds and wildflowers.   Took a bit longer to weed so I could save the wildflowers.  Only half the area is completed.

The bottom half still in need of weeding.  Then I need to add more granite sand.  Every plant seems to love the granite sand, weeds and wildflowers alike.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 2016


I have 3 of these tuteurs that are disintegrating.  I plan to make new ones using the old ones as a pattern.

My supplies for the first one.  I already have the pieces cut to size put didn't take a photo.  Just need to practice with my new air nailer(fun!)

The banana plant is putting out new leaves and that is lemon grass in front.  

Lots of new little lemons and lots of bloom buds.

The redbuds are so pretty that I think I'll try to find a place for more.

This tough little rose had gotten too big and leggy so it got a drastic prune.  Already it is making lots of new leaves.

Salvia Farinacea, mealy cup sage, one of my favorites.  The buds on the plumes will be blue.

Loquats!  This year looks like I will have a big crop.  I've never tasted them.

Bluebonnets and salvia greggi are beginning to bloom.

All my mountaian laurels are blooming heavily this year.  They should have a grape soda smell but mine don't have much fragrance.

The bluebonnet 'field' with a Texas sage in the planter.  Wish they bloomed at the same time.  The Texas sage blooms match the pot color.

My first blooming iris.  When the corms go on sale in the spring I grab all I can find.  They are great for Texas.

The first blooming clump of four-nerve daisy.

A shot of the back garden by the kitchen garden.  Everything is looking so lush after the rains.